Dissecting the Pumpkin-Beyond the Pie!

Hey folks!

Fall is in full swing and the end of October is very near.  The fall season has become my favorite over the last couple of years. It's something about the cooler weather and pumpkin everything that really puts a smile on my face!

I was digging the the blog archives checking out some older content and came across many posts I had written around when I first started my blog. I came across one where I went "beyond the pie" and discussed the many health benefits associated with pumpkin! I felt it was definitely worth re-posting since although I would like to think folks would dig all the way back to 2010 for content, I know that's not too likely. :-) 

PUMPKIN

Nutrition:

Pumpkin is low in saturated Fat as well as Cholesterol and Sodium. It's a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
  • Pumpkin is very rich in carotenoids, which is known to help keep the immune system strong and healthy.
  • It contains Beta-carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory agent. 
  • It is rich in alpha-carotene, which is believed to slow down the aging process and also prevent cataract formation.
  • Pumpkins have been known to reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a serious eye problem that usually results in blindness.
  • The high amount of fiber in pumpkins is good for bowel health.
  • Due to its high content of potassium, it is associated with lowering the risk of hypertension.
  • The presence of zinc in pumpkins gives the immune system a boost and also improves the bone density.

WHEN PURCHASING

Choose pumpkins that are firm and heavy for their size.


TO STORE 
 
In a cool and dark place for up to two months. 


So, again, pumpkin ain't just for pie and more reasons to love it! 


SOURCES: fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org, lifestyle.iloveindia.com, nutritiondata.self.com


Comments

  1. Great stuff! Pumpkin pie has always been among my top three favorites (pumpkin, lemon, and anything chocolate!), although I probably need a healthier way to make it! Are the seeds just as healthy?

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    1. Thank you! Yes, all of those things you listed are quite delicious and there are many ways to prepare dishes that are healthy using those ingredients! As for the pumpkin seeds, YES! They are definitely healthy as well. You can check out this very informative and in-depth article about pumpkin seeds here: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=82

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